THE United States is urging its citizens to “avoid all travel” to the Philippines due to the ongoing risk of COVID-19 transmission and other safety threats.
The State Department on Tuesday, April 20, factoring in the assessment of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said the Philippines is classified under “Level 4: Do Not Travel” due to the “high level” of COVID-19 in the country.
“Because of the current situation in the Philippines even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants and should avoid all travel to the Philippines,” the CDC said on its website.
The agency advised that travelers should get fully vaccinated before traveling to the Philippines and continue to follow safety measures, such as wearing a mask, physical distancing, avoiding crowds and washing hands.
The update comes after the State Department announced that it will begin updating its travel advisories to better align with those from health authorities.
“As travelers face ongoing risks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State will begin updating its Travel Advisories this week to better reflect the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) science-based Travel Health Notices that outline current issues affecting travelers’ health,” the State Department said in a memo on Monday, April 19…